Montessori PreK-6

Montessori PreK-6

Big Sky Discovery Academy’s Montessori program combines physical and emotional development with academic disciplines: language arts, mathematics, history, geography, foreign language, geometry, biology, art, music, a listening program, and Spanish.

FAQs

Why should I send my child to a Montessori School?

In addition to scoring well on standardized tests, Montessori children are ranked above average on such criteria as following directions, turning in work on time, listening attentively, using basic skills, showing responsibility, asking provocative questions, showing enthusiasm for learning, negotiating social interactions and adapting to new situations. Watch this video or download our brochure for more information.

What is Montessori and where did it come from?

Montessori (pronounced MON-tuh-SORE-ee) education was founded in 1907 by Dr. Maria Montessori, the first woman in Italy to become a physician. She based her educational methods on scientific observation of children’s learning processes. Guided by her discovery that children teach themselves, Dr. Montessori designed a “prepared environment” in which children could freely choose from a number of developmentally appropriate activities. Now, nearly a century after Maria Montessori’s first casa dei bambini (“children’s house”) in Rome, Montessori education is found all over the world, spanning ages from birth to adolescence.

Is your school affiliated?

Big Sky Discovery Academy is a member of the American Montessori Society.

What does the daily schedule look like?

PreK & Kinder Program Schedule

8:15-9:15

Drop-off and free choice lessons

9:15-9:45

Morning Circle

9:45:11:15

Morning Work Period

11:15-11:30

Movement/Lunch Preparation Circle

11:30-12:00

Lunch Time

12:15-1:45

Outside Time* (Half Day Pick-Up at 11:30 p.m.)

1:45-2:15

Rest and Story Time

2:15-3:00

Afternoon Work Period

3:00-3:15

Afternoon Circle Time

3:15-3:45

Outside Time & Pick-up time

Where do the children work?

Children are able to work at tables, desks, and floor mats. The purpose of the floor mats and tables is to define the student’s workspace and to reinforce Montessori’s principle of “freedom within limits”. There is such an element of respect with having that defined workspace and it is something that the students take very seriously. The Montessori students are shown how to walk around the mats, how to place their work on the mats and how to respect one another’s personal workspace. They also learn that it is never okay to disturb a classmate’s work or join a classmate’s work unless that student gives permission.

Is Montessori a religious based school?

Montessori has no correlation to a religion. We are independent of any religious affiliation.

What programs are offered?

This program combines physical and emotional development with academic disciplines: language arts, mathematics, history, geography, foreign language, geometry, biology, art, music, a listening program, and Spanish.

What are the differences between Montessori and traditional education?

Montessori emphasizes learning through all five senses, not just through listening, watching, or reading. Children in Montessori classes learn at their own, individual pace and according to their own choice of activities from hundreds of possibilities. Learning is an exciting process of discovery, leading to concentration, motivation, self-discipline, and a love of learning. Montessori classes place children in three-year age groups (3-6, 6-9, 9-12, and so on), forming communities in which the older children spontaneously share their knowledge with the younger ones. Montessori represents an entirely different approach to education. Currently Big Sky Discovery Academy offers the 6-9 class, grades 1st, 2nd and 3rd.

Are Montessori children successful later in life?

Research studies show that Montessori children are well prepared for later life academically, socially, and emotionally. In addition to scoring well on standardized tests, Montessori children are ranked above average on such criteria as following directions, turning in work on time, listening attentively, using basic skills, showing responsibility, asking provocative questions, showing enthusiasm for learning, and adapting to new situations. Watch this video for more information.

Is Montessori good for children with learning disabilities? What about gifted children?

Montessori is designed to help all children reach their fullest potential at their own unique pace. A classroom whose children have varying abilities is a community in which everyone learns from one another and everyone contributes. Moreover, multi-age grouping allows each child to find his or her own pace without feeling “ahead” or “behind” in relation to peers.

What is the tuition?

For tuition information please contact us.

How will I know my child is learning?

Big Sky Discovery Academy believes in the Montessori philosophy as well as the Common Core. We test throughout the year to focus our efforts on learning the appropriate and necessary items, as well as what peaks the individual child’s interests. BSDA works with the Montana Office of Public Instruction on building our testing goals. We feel it is important to know that the children are at grade level or above.